Stellar in Scottsdale Again

Former CSU golfer Laird posts 4th top 10 in last 8 years at Phoenix Open; ex-DU golfer Arvidsson lands exempt spot on PGA Tour China


by Gary Baines - 2/4/2018


Former Colorado State University golfer Martin Laird lives in Scottsdale, Ariz., and he's certainly made himself at home at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the PGA Tour event played each winter at TPC Scottsdale.

Laird completed his 10th Phoenix Open on Sunday, and for the fourth time in his last eight trips to the event, he posted a top-10 finish.

This time, the former Ram placed ninth after an early-round run of four straight birdies (holes 3-6) vaulted him into second place.

Laird (pictured) went 68-67-68-68 for a 13-under-par 271 total, which left him five strokes behind champion Gary Woodland, a Kansas product. Laird finished with five birdies and two bogeys in the final round.

Sunday marked the 33rd PGA Tour top-10 for Laird, who has won three times on golf's top circuit.

Laird's finishes at the Phoenix Open in the last eight years include a third place in 2011, a fifth place in 2015, a seventh place last year and Sunday's ninth-place showing.

For Phoenix Open scores, CLICK HERE.

Arvidsson Finishes Fifth in PGA Tour China Q-school: Former University of Denver golfer Oskar Arvidsson earned fully-exempt status on PGA Tour China on Sunday by finishing fifth out of 120 players in a four-round international Q-school tournament in Haikou in southern China.

Arvidsson, who qualified for the 2016 British Open, led after the first three rounds of the Q-school event. He posted scores of 67-67-74-74 for a 6-under-par 282 total and finished seven strokes behind medalist Jeffrey Kang, a former University of Southern California golfer.

Former CGA Les Fowler Player of the Year Steven Kupcho failed to earn PGA Tour China status as he placed 51st at 12-over-par 300 (78-74-72-76). Kupcho missed conditional status by four strokes.

The top 15 finishers at Q-school will be fully exempt for the 14-tournament PGA Tour China season, with the next 25 conditionally exempt. This was the first of two international qualifiers for PGA Tour China.

For Q-school scores, CLICK HERE.
 




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